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The Nylander Museum of Natural History in Caribou is dedicated to the work of local resident Olof O Nylander and the Natural History of the Northeast.
Olof Nylander was a Swedish-born self-taught naturalist. He was noted for his work in Aroostook County and the surrounding parts of Canada, both for his expertise in geological and paleontological matters and his knowledge of local flora and fauna. Nylander was the museum's first curator and upon his death his collections were left to the Museum. The results of many field studies, research, and collecting are now represented in the extensive collections of the Museum.
The personal collections of Olof Nylander constitute the majority of that of the Museum, though additional acquisitions and donations over the years have swelled the Museum's collections' ranks as well. Geology, archaeology, paleontology, taxidermy, shells, and butterflies form the major categories of the Museum's displays. The Nylander Museum also holds an archives. The collection of the Museum is so comprehensive and impressive that both the Smithsonian and the National Museum of Canada have tried to acquire the rights to the collection over the years.
The Nylander Museum was dedicated in 1939. Olof Nylander himself served as the first curator-director until his death in 1943. The Museum is structured as a department within the municipal government of Caribou. The Museum is housed in a white clapboard structure built in 1938 under the Works Progress Administration.